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ict@innovation enhanced FOSS use of participants

The ongoing evaluation of ict@innovation is conducting an online survey of participants in regional training of trainer courses. Although only 20 out of 220 responded so far, the initial results promise to be interesting. More responses from participants will be needed to validate the initial results.

Respondents increased their use of open source software a lot since the training courses. We asked respondents: “Which FOSS systems/solutions do you use in your own daily practice?” One possible response was: “I use it much more since the ict@innovation training”. The percentage of the responses was different for different types of software.

About 60 % said they used much more
-    Linux like Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian (another 20% said they used it a lot before the training)

About 50 % said they used much more
-    Browsing like Mozilla Firefox, Chromium, Konqueror (50 % a lot before the training)
-    E-Learning like Moodle, Dokeos, Ilias, eXelearning (15 % a lot before the training)

About 40 % said they used much more
-    Multi Media like like VLC, JW Player, Avidemux, Amarok, Audacity (30 % a lot before the training)
-    Web publishing like Drupal, Joomla, Typo3, Zope/Plone (15 % a lot before the training)

About 30 % said they used much more
-    Office applications like OpenOffice, Libre office (30 % a lot before the training)
-    Editors like Emacs, KATE, Vim (20 % a lot before the training)
-    Security like Snort, Nessus, Bastille (5 % a lot before the training)

About 20 % said they used much more
-    Web Development like Bluefish, KompoZer, Nvu (10 % a lot before the training)
-    Drawing and Image editing tools like Gimp, Dia, Inkscape (20 % a lot before the training)

5-15 % said they used much more
-    Mailing like Thunderbird, KMail, Evolution (15 % a lot before the training, 20 % a bit more)
-    Messaging like Pidgin, Psi, KMess, Miranda (10 % a lot before the training, 15 % a bit more)

These initial results confirm the conviction of the GIZ staff and of FOSSFA that FOSS has been taken up by the participants. Apart from using FOSS themselves, they have also used it with clients.
- 18 respondents (that is all who responded to this question) said they had made use of the knowledge by applying it in trainings they offered.
- 15 said they had conducted specific follow-up trainings in their countries, and some had conducted two or three trainings, so that these respondents alone have conducted 30 follow-up trainings.
- 11 said participants at their courses had themselves offered trainings or workshops.
- However, only nine said they registered their courses on the ict@innovation website.

This confirms the GIZ staff’s and FOSSFA’s belief that much more has happened than the project came to know about.

The evaluation would like to conduct a specific survey for participants at these follow-up courses and would therefore need details on those courses. If you want to send such information or participate in the survey, please contact Kerstin.Deibert@fakt-consult.de.

More results of the surveys will be presented later.

Bernward Causemann, Carlos Zárate, Kerstin Deibert – Evaluation team

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